Happy New Year to my readers. I pray that 2013 will be a better year for you than 2012 was. Many of you are currently being abused (or have recently been abused) by someone who is supposed to love you. Because of this, you are suffering emotionally. You may be struggling with low self-esteem, depression, Post-Traumatic Stress Syndrome, having anxiety attacks, trouble sleeping, or many other things. It may be difficult for you to feel loved, or to accept love from people who really do love you. You may also feel that God doesn’t love you. All of these things are understandable given what you have gone through.
I have written a blog about how a formerly abused woman can heal after abuse. Here is the link. In addition to the ideas I mentioned there, one thing that I’ve found that helps me when I’m struggling with depression and other emotional issues is to fill my mind with positive things. I find that this helps me combat the constant flow of negative talk that I tend to barrage myself with. One of the easiest ways to do this is to listen to positive music. May I recommend a radio station that you can listen to on-line? It is called KLOVE, and it is a great Christian radio station. Here is the link. They call this station “Positive, Encouraging KLOVE”, and I agree. Right now, they have a challenge going. It is called the “30-Day Challenge”. They challenge you and your friends to listen to nothing but Christian music for 30 days and see how it changes your life. They have many testimonials on their website from people who have taken this challenge, and they tell how it really HAS changed their life.
In addition, I have a playlist that I would like to share with you. It has all my favorite uplifting songs. Each one is an encourager, reminding me of God’s love, and that I CAN get through my current struggles, with His help. I call it “God loves us”. I have picked each song to lift your spirits and mine when we feel like we are worthless, or feel like giving up. You can get these songs through Itunes, or for free on Spotify. I pray they will be a blessing to you.
May the Lord bless you during 2013! Your friend, Caroline
Jason Gray – Remind Me Who I Am
Big Daddy Weave – Redeemed
Calling Glory – Don’t Give Up
Kristian Stanfill – One Thing Remains
Newsboys – Your Love Never Fails
Anthem Lights – Can’t Get Over You
Downhere – How Many Kings
Sanctus Real – Forgiven
Peter Hollens – Firework
Jeremy Camp – Overcome
Third Day – Cry Out To Jesus
Jeremy Camp – Give Me Jesus
Addison Road – Hope Now
Kutless – Even If
David Crowder Band – How He Loves
Tree63 – Blessed Be Your Name
Tenth Avenue North – By Your Side